Military, Patrol, Assault & Rescue

New Zealand warship to enhance Fiji maritime security


Australia and New Zealand responded rapidly when Cyclone Winston struck Fiji on February 20, 2016. First on the scene was the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) offshore patrol vessel Wellington, carrying a survey craft to help locate suitable landing areas for relief teams. It was followed by the Royal Australian Navy landing platform (helicopter) Canberra, and the RNZN multi-role vessel Canterbury, carrying between them six helicopters, and a large quantity of relief supplies.

Winston inflicted huge damage on many of Fiji’s more than 300 islands, and the Fijians needed much help from specialist teams from these vessels to recover from its effects.

North Korea nuclear crisis - maritime aspects

Carl Vinson, Lake Champlain and Michael Murphy

President Trump has ended years of relative US passivity over Asian security. He has served notice to Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) President Kim Jong-un that he must halt his nuclear weapons programme, and that failure to do so will result in kinetic action being taken against his country.

On April 11 Trump announced that a US Navy “armada”, including, he hinted, nuclear powered submarines, was on its way to the waters off the Korean Peninsular to back up his threat. Naval analysts and commentators immediately identified  the armada as being a Carrier Battle Group (CBG) consisting of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Carl Vinson and its escorts, namely the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers Michael Murphy and Wayne E Meyer, and the guided missile cruiser Lake Champlain.

Piracy resurgent off Somalia?

Following more than four years with no reported piratical attacks off the  Somalian coast , the hijacking of the Comoros-registered, UAE-owned bunkering tanker Aris 13  on March 13, sent shock waves through the shipping community.

The 1,200-tonne ship, with a crew of eight Sri Lankans, was on passage from Djibouti to Mogadishu when it was seized as it approached the Socotra Gap, which lies between Socotra Island and Somalia. The hijacking was carried out by a group of about 30 armed pirates in at least two fast boats. The pirates are reportedly connected with the powerful Marten/Siwaaqroon sub-clan, and are led by Jacfar Saciid Cabdulaahi, reputedly a notorious pirate.

Damen releases new model of line assistance vessel

Damen has just introduced the Responder 5413-class first line assistance vessel. Damen says it designed this versatile, 54-metre vessel partly in response to the increasing number of extreme weather events across the globe, believing it can play a vital role as a first response vessel, capable of assisting a relief or emergency operation in a number of ways.

Asymmetrical maritime warfare rages off Yemen

Action off the coast of Yemen very recently provided a demonstration of contemporary asymmetrical warfare, which was red in tooth and claw.

On January 30, 2017, a Royal Saudi Navy (RSN) frigate of the French-built modified La Fayette-type (identified by some local media sources as the Al Madinah), was carrying out a security patrol in the Bab al-Mandab Strait in support of Arab-African Coalition action against the Houthi rebels who are fighting the Yemen government, was struck on the port quarter by an explosive-laden small fast suicide attack boat. The boat which carried out the successful attack was one of three such Houthi rebel vessels deployed on the mission.

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